Atlético Madrid are hoping to finalise the transfer of Club America striker, Raúl Jiménez by this Wednesday in order for the 23-year-old to begin training as soon as possible ahead of the La Liga season.
According to Spanish sports daily, AS, Atletico are close to finalising the €11 million transfer of the Mexican international, who made it clear on Saturday night that his desire was to make the move to the Vicente Calderon.
“These are things that happen all of a sudden. This is an opportunity I really want to take advantage of, take it the best way I can and face however it comes.
“Since I was a kid, I always felt I could achieve great things and it’s always been my aim to keep growing. I think any player would want to go to Atlético Madrid, who have also been doing great things. They’re champions of Spain and they reached the Champions League final, so anyone would want to go there.”
If all goes to plan, the Atletico will announced the deal as soon as Monday or Tuesday, with the player undergoing his medical, signing his contract and being presented by the club on Wednesday.
However, the report goes on to add that Club America has been trying to squeeze as much as they can from Atleti, but sporting director, Ricardo Peláez confirmed that the move should be going ahead, early this coming week, with all parties content with the proposal.
“Effectively, last Thursday or Friday an offer arrived from Atlético Madrid for Raúl Jiménez. We don’t usually speak about offers for contracted players until they’re official. Right now, the club has received the offer. Over the weekend, we’ve spoken with his agent and his father, who both think the offer is good, so the player may go. This still needs to be evaluated, but if both parties are fully satisfied, he’ll go.”